The Redlands Unified School District has come to an agreement with its teachers and classified workers after months of negotiating.

Part of the negotiated settlement is a 3 percent salary increase for the 2018-19 school year, retroactive to July 1, 2018, and a 3 percent salary increase for the 2019-20 school year, retroactive to July 1, 2019.

The negotiated agreement results in a 6 percent increase ongoing for certificated and classified employees, according to the district.

Redlands Education Support Professionals Association (RESPA) President Gladys Kershall called it a bittersweet deal.

“The members are disheartened by the salary ranges but it was way overdue,” she said.

Kershall said she looks forward to future negotiations.

“Some of our members still work two jobs. It is still a challenge,” she said. “We agreed to what we felt was appropriate at this time. It was a long haul.”

Superintendent Mauricio Arellano shared his thoughts in a statement.

“We are very pleased that we reached an agreement with both of our labor groups,” he said. “I appreciate the time and effort all of the bargaining teams put forth to reach an agreement that is both respectful and responsible.”

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